Sherwins recruits ex-Barclays man

Commercial practice Sherwin Oliver is making a bid to strengthen its corporate credentials in the South by appointing a former banking director with Barclays as its new chairman and chief executive.

Adrian Davis will join the Portsmouth-based firm in September. His duties will include strategic planning, marketing, and firm development.

Sherwins managing partner Nigel Steward says the 13-partner firm is recruiting Davis because it wants to raise its profile – particularly in its target market.

Steward says: “It is unusual to take someone from banking. We were not looking for someone specifically from this field, but Adrian's background and personality are ideal for us. He knows a lot of clients and commands a huge amount of respect.”

Steward says: “Adrian has many years of experience in the area of small to medium-sized enterprises. He will be a great asset to our profile.”

He adds that he wants clients to be aware that Sherwin Oliver is not a high street firm, but a specialist in commercial work for smaller clients.

He says this should now improve its standing against its nearest rival, Blake Lapthorn.